Poker is a card game that involves betting on a player’s hand. There are many different versions of the game, but most have similar elements. In the game, players put forced bets called ante and blind bets into a central pot before the cards are dealt. Then, players take turns betting on their hands. The player with the best hand wins the pot. Players can also win by bluffing when they think their opponents do not have the best hand.

When it is your turn to bet, you can say “call” if you want to match the last player’s bet amount or higher. You can also say “raise” to add more money to the betting pool. If you raise, the other players must either call your new bet or fold their hand. If you raise and no one calls your bet, you will win the pot!

After each player receives their two hole cards, a round of betting takes place. This betting interval is initiated by 2 mandatory bets, or “blind bets,” put into the pot by the players to your left. When the betting interval ends, each player must either call a bet of exactly the same amount, or raise it (put in more chips than their predecessors). If a player puts in less than the minimum amount, they must drop.

After the final betting round, a showdown is held and all of the players reveal their cards. The player with the highest-ranking poker hand wins the pot.